Oakland Tech High's football team faced a crossroads Friday in the third quarter of its Oakland Section playoff game against visiting Skyline.
With the game tied at 22, Oakland Tech had a third-and-22 from the Skyline 27. The Titans had the momentum, scoring 15 straight points to tie the game.
But Bulldogs quarterback James Lewis found Michael Adams open over the middle for a 27-yard touchdown pass, and Oakland Tech led the rest of the way in a 44-36 victory.
"I read inside-out, then I saw Mike blow past that linebacker and I got it to him," said Lewis about the touchdown pass, his last pass attempt of the game. "I have a lot of confidence in my wide receivers."
With the victory, Oakland Tech advances to the Silver Bowl. It will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Laney College. Oakland Section commissioner Russell White said Friday that the agreement with Laney was reached on Thursday.
Skyline's Kendrick Payne opened the game with an impressive 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
But Oakland Tech (8-3) countered with touchdown drives on its first two possessions, both of which ended with touchdown passes. The second, a 17-yard reception by Kenyon Jackson, was particularly impressive, as he skied above defenders in the end zone for the grab.
Lewis completed 9 of 14 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Skyline's Gabriel Richard rushed for a game-high 146 yards and three TDs.
But after Lewis' touchdown pass to Adams, Tech's Nayo Johnson intercepted Richard on the Skyline 38. Six plays later, Erik Thomas scored on a 7-yard run and the point-after-touchdown kick by Zachery Spindle gave the Bulldogs a 37-22 lead with 2:36 left in the third quarter.
Thomas and Jeremiah Varnedoe spearheaded an effective Tech rushing attack with 83 and 82 yards, respectively.
Skyline still had a chance to tie the score on its final drive, but it stalled out on the 50 on a fourth-down play.
McClymonds 54, Fremont 0: The host Warriors (8-3) amassed 512 yards total offense to Fremont's 75 in this Oakland Section semifinal, as McClymonds ran its winning streak to seven games and advanced to the Silver Bowl for the third straight year.
Rain that fell throughout most of the game did little to deter Mack, which received outstanding efforts from all its players.
Kenyatta McGee Jackson, for one, rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Keith Williams passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third. And sophomore Lavance Warren ran for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Antonio Cummings got into the act late in the game to rush for 53 more yards and set up a 3-yard touchdown run for Jason Brooks.
McGee Jackson scored the game's first two touchdowns on 13-yard first-quarter runs, and completed the scoring with a 59-yard run on the game's last play.
Lavon Washington and Emile Hope caught touchdown passes of 24 and 13 yards, respectively, from Williams (155 passing yards) in the second quarter. Williams and Warren each scored on 1-yard runs in the third.
The Tigers (4-6) reached the Warriors 4-yard line early in the second quarter, and had later possessions that brought them to the 10- and 11-yard lines but never could find the end zone.
Mauni Pahulu led Fremont with 63 rushing yards.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent